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After You

A Novel
Written by: Jojo Moyes
Narrated by: Anna Acton
Series: Me Before You Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jojo’s new book, Still Me, the next book featuring Louisa Clark from Me Before You and After You, is available now!

“We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it’s not always happy, there is an ever after.” (Miami Herald)

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”   

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?   

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.   

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. 

They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding - the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future....  

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

©2015 Jojo Moyes (P)2015 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"In a captivating, believable reading highlighted by real-world pacing and characterizations, Acton lifts Moyes's well-crafted novel into edge-of-your-seat listening that will keep listeners awake well past their bedtime." (AudioFile)

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Love them both...Jojo Moyes and Anna Acton !

Have enjoyed all the books in the series so far...will look for more. Great stories, beautifully read. Will definitely watch for more !

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Great follow up story

The writer kept you going with the continuation of the story of Louisa. Well performed by the narrator I thoroughly enjoyed the story and look forward to the next.

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Better, funny, enjoyable.

At first I wondered how you can continue the series. But I found myself liking this story more than the first, and I loved the first one. The narrator was also better than the first. Loved her voice.

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Nice story

I enjoyed the “before you” story much better but you this was nice too knowing the characters and all.

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Moving, unexpected and captivating

Could not put this book down (or more correctly stop listening). Fascinating main character and fully developed others. I now have a new favourite author!

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whoa

This one really caught me off guard! i absolutely adored this book though this series is great!

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Good listen

A great sequel. A little disappointed with a new narrator, but I’m on to book #3. #audible1

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  • Taryn
  • 2015-11-09

Doesn't come close to, Me Before You.

This was a very average book following an amazing book. It does describe how the tragedy of assisted suicide goes on to affect the survivors for he rest of their lives. Some of the plot was a bit far-fetched,however it was a decent story. If you fell in love with Louisa from the first book you will probably enjoy this one, but it's not a stand- alone book. I can't say I didn't enjoy it - it just doesnt come close to,Me Before You.

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  • Bette
  • 2015-11-28

Rehash

I didn't much care for heroine Louisa at the beginning of 'Me Before You', the first book in this series. I stuck with 'Me before You' because the promise inherent in the title told me that fearful, mousy Louisa would become a better person (character) through the caretaker relationship with her quadriplegic charge Will.
And she did.
Moyes kept her promise and I was pleased.

At the beginning of 'After You', whiny, drippy Louisa is back to her old, pre Will self and aware she has to regain her mojo. But how? This time she's on her own. I felt a little betrayed, as though Moyes had gone back on her promise.

Three stars for story because Moyes is an excellent writer whose talents work particularly well in this medium (audiobooks) but well, I fell asleep while listening and haven't finished the last hour and a half yet. I just don't care to. I guess Lou got her mojo back. again.

Anna Acton is an excellent narrator, but the direction of this production is lacking something....what is it?....oh yes! WORDS!
This is the third or fourth time I've come across this, so let's call it a brit-lit audio meme....a little girl inspired narrative style that drops into mumbelty-whispery phases to signal insecurity or fear or high emotion or....really, I don't know because I'm driving or potting plants or washing dishes and have no hands available and no SIRI and I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

Despite all this, I will buy the next Jojo Moyes book the day it comes out. She is (with one exception) an exemplary storyteller.






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  • crystal
  • 2016-06-06

not great

loved the first book! This book was okay, liked the narrator in first book. I had the plot figured out by middle of book.

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  • Wayne
  • 2015-10-01

Fine, but not as good as Me Before You

Jojo Moyes' books really do not fit into my favorite genres, but the powerful story Me Before You caught my attention. I later read The Girl You Left Behind and liked it. After You simply does not have the impact of either of the books mentioned above. The narration is fine, but the single narrator simply is not as good as the multiple narrators used in the other two novels.

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  • Jan
  • 2015-10-10

After You.. Comes a Lot of Drama


This second book of the "Me Before You" series didn't keep me up late reading. This novel loses the character depth and insight of the first book, and is comprised of a string of "mini" dramas. The intensity that made the first novel exceptional is lacking in book two.

Ms. Moyes brings most of these dramatic relationship issues to closure far before the novel ends. Several times, I thought that the novel over, primarily because there was not enough storyline substance left to the reader's imagination. The book could have been significantly shorter.

There were some medical situations that should have been researched more extensively, and were not very believable.

"After You" tiptoes toward the chick-lit genre, Narration was very good,



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  • purple tiger
  • 2015-10-27

Meets the challenge of following Before You.

The first book left me drained of emotion and concerned that a sequel could measure up. I need not have worried. After You was a beautiful walk through the grieving process and sharing the "Waking up and moving on." The characters are engaging and lovable. I hated to see this one end, but it left me elated and satisfied. Wonderful story.

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  • Margaret
  • 2015-10-01

Jojo has lost her mojo.

I realize that a lot of people will disagree with me, but I really, really enjoyed Me Before You and this is just not the same Louisa Clark. This is page after page after page of suffering. I wish I'd left well enough alone. Apparently, that was a book that didn't need a sequel or at least, I didn't need to listen to it. Very disappointed.

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  • Diana Jo
  • 2015-10-06

Disappointed! Good, but not great!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I don't think so. I definitely WOULD recommend Me Before You. That was a great book with wonderful narrators. Something went wrong with After You. To me, it was like it was just thrown together to make a sequel. I am very surprised because Jojo Moyes is a marvelous writer! I've read most of her books, but this one lacked something, maybe continuity, and the narrator was not very good, compared to the narrator(s) in Me Before You. If it had been possible, she should have used the same narrator for "Louisa" as in Me Before You.

If you’ve listened to books by Jojo Moyes before, how does this one compare?

Not up to par!

What three words best describe Anna Acton’s voice?

Unclear, too fast and accent too blurred!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, just to see how it ended, but otherwise no.

Any additional comments?

If this series continues, I hope the author makes better choices in future stories.

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  • jodiod
  • 2015-10-03

Wow!

Really enjoyed Louisa's healing. The last book left me so raw. Nobody is a better storyteller than Jojo Moyes.

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  • Beate
  • 2016-03-01

Didn't work for me....

I'm sorry, first of all changing narrator is rarely a good idea. Even if Anna Acton does a fair job, it feels wrong. The story is weird, uneventful and predictable.

I guess this is a follow-up book to please the fans, and not what was intended.

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